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Ole Miss chancellor Jeffrey Vitter responds to racist, threatening social media comments

University of Mississippi Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter released this statement today regarding recent comments made on social media regarding the state flag, as well as a racist, threatening Facebook comment from a current student shared by thousands since Thursday night.

 

The university leadership and I are aware of recent comments made on social media that have generated concern by members of the Ole Miss community.

Some of these comments were made in response to the enforcement of stadium rules prohibiting banners and signs from Vaught-Hemingway Stadium this past Saturday. Many of these comments are factually inaccurate. Banners and signs were removed only within the stadium, according to our longstanding policy that prohibits signs, banners, umbrellas, and other items that block the view of fans.

Some social media comments suggest or condone actions that are inconsistent with our core values, our university Creed, and, in some cases, encourage action in direct violation of university policies.

The University of Mississippi condemns the use of language that might encourage or condone violence. Instead, let’s be respectful and civil in our discourse, as called for in The Creed.

The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors is our top priority. Any concerns about the health and safety of any faculty, staff, or student should be reported to the University Police Department at 662-915-7234.